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The Terminator: Dawn of Fate (PlayStation 2)

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Press Release - PlayStation 2/Xbox:

    ATARI SHIPS THE TERMINATOR(TM): DAWN OF FATE FOR XBOX, PLAYSTATION 2



    Date: October 02, 2002

    Video Game Prequel to James Cameron's Classic 1984 Film Defends The Future Of The Human Race

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 -- Atari shipped The Terminator(TM): Dawn of Fate, a third-person action game based on the hit movie franchise, to retail stores this week for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. Developed by the masterminds at Infogrames' own Paradigm Entertainment, creators of the highly regarded Spy Hunter, The Terminator: Dawn of Fate is a true prequel to the first Terminator(TM) movie and tells the story of what happened before SkyNet sent the first Terminator back in time.

    "The Terminator: Dawn of Fate is exciting for gamers and movie buffs alike, because it doesn't just retell the story of the film, it tells a new story and adds unseen elements to the Terminator universe," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and head of Infogrames, Inc.'s Los Angeles studio. "Working closely with the licensor allowed us to envision the fictional future of the world and create exciting new enemies. The game plays with the same white knuckled pace as the Terminator(TM) movies -- enemies are relentless, come in large numbers and won't stop until the player is terminated or they themselves are destroyed."

    In James Cameron's original Terminator movie (released in 1984), humanity dangles on the brink of extinction as ragged bands of humans struggle for their lives against the mechanized technological giant, Skynet. The year is 2029 and humanity's last and best chance for survival rests in the hands of Tech Com, a group of hard-hitting resistance fighters led by John Connor.

    The Terminator: Dawn of Fate thrusts gamers into the events leading up to 2029. Set in 2027 against the vivid backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Earth, players must battle Terminators and other sinister HKs (Hunter/Killer machines) across bleak, war-torn urban battlefields, hi-tech R&D labs and heavy machine factories. By defeating Skynet's ferocious mercenaries and completing their missions, gamers will ultimately arrive where the first movie began-sending Kyle Reese back in time to stop the Terminator, protect Sarah Connor (John Connor's mother) and the fate of all humanity.

    Players will face off against their robotic foes as three unique playable characters, including Kyle Reese-the hero of the first Terminator movie -- a hardened soldier and unknowing father to John Connor; Catherine Luna, a special operations officer; and Captain Justin Perry, a grizzled Tech Com veteran and Connor's right-hand man. Each character is equipped with distinct strengths, combat style and signature weapons that come into play during the game.

    More than 20 high-energy weapons are at the player's disposal for mowing down Terminators and other Skynet HKs, including rocket launchers, shock batons and explosive devices. Additionally, highly intuitive artificial intelligence (AI) fighters will join the cause, lending their lives to assist in destroying Skynet.

    Featuring 11 massive levels of cyborg-blasting mayhem and highly interactive environments, the game will immerse players in a richly detailed futuristic universe that reflects the original vision for the Terminator(TM) movies. The Terminator: Dawn of Fate also features a revolutionary dynamic camera system that allows the player to locate and target an enemy clearly and instinctively with its dedicated combat cam mode.

    The Terminator: Dawn of Fate shipped to most retail outlets this week with an estimated retail price of $49.99 and an ESRB rating of "T" for teen.

    About Infogrames

    New York-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company develops video games for all consoles (Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Nintendo and Microsoft), PCs, and Macintosh systems. Infogrames' catalogue of more than 1,000 titles includes award-winning franchises such as Civilization®, Backyard Sports(TM), Deer Hunter®, Driver(TM), RollerCoaster Tycoon®, and Test Drive®, and key licenses including Warner Bros. The Matrix®, Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues®, Dragon Ball Z®, Unreal®, Mission Impossible®, Terminator®, Harley-Davidson®, Major League Baseball®, and the National Football League®, among many others. The Company's Humongous Entertainment and MacSoft labels are leaders in children's and Macintosh entertainment software, respectively.

    Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257), a global publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms. In 2001, IESA acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (formerly Hasbro Interactive), including rights to use its line of software based on well-known licenses such as MONOPOLY, Jeopardy®, TONKA, and Atari®, which are published and distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.infogrames.com.

    Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Aug 19, 2005.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Xbox:
    "Dawn of Fate has a lot to offer: a decent story, good graphics and one of the best sci-fi licenses around. " - Gaming age.com

    " With the entire Terminator franchise, comes a simple fact that nobody has managed to make a great video game out of it. Atari games have given it a go with Terminator: Dawn of Fate, and this could be the title that starts off a franchise of quality titles based on the Terminator license." - Videogamenews.com

    " Overall, I was very impressed with this licensed game. If the developers would have allowed control over the camera or possibly even made this a first person shooter totally, I would have given this game a much higher rating. But the combat system, cinematics, and storyline easily make up for that downfall." - Netjak.com

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on May 11, 2004.

Atari Australia website (for Xbox):
    DESCRIPTION:

    Terminator: Dawn of Fate is the game that answers the question of what happened before the hugely popular Terminator movies. Terminator: Dawn of Fate packs the same frenetic action and over-the-top battle sequences that made the blockbuster movies one of the most popular franchises of all time. Since Terminator: Dawn of Fate takes place before the first Terminator movie, we’ve developed new elements for the Terminator universe, including all new Skynet Hunter/Killer (HK) machines, characters and storylines that would have existed before the first movie began. We strongly urge all Xbox gamers to sharpen their skills—they’re in for more no-holds-barred, metal stomping cyborg warfare than they’ve ever experienced in a video game before. Terminator: Dawn of Fate thrusts gamers into the events leading up to 2029. Set in 2027 against the vivid backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Earth, players must battle Terminators and other sinister HKs across bleak, war-torn urban battlefields, hi-tech R&D labs and heavy machine factories. By defeating Skynet’s ferocious mercenaries and completing their missions, gamers will ultimately arrive where the first movie began—sending Kyle Reese back in time to stop the Terminator and protect Sarah Connor (John Connor’s mother) and the fate of all humanity.

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Players will face off against their robotic foes as three unique playable characters, including Kyle Reese—the hero of the first Terminator movie—a hardened soldier and unknowing father to John Connor; Catherine Luna, a special operations officer; and a third, highly secretive character
  • Each character is equipped with distinct strengths, combat style and signature weapons that come into play during the game
  • More than 20 high-energy weapons are at the player’s disposal for mowing down Terminators and other Skynet HKs, including rocket launchers, shock batons and explosive devices
  • Additionally, highly intuitive artificial intelligence (AI) fighters will join the cause, lending their lives to assist in destroying Skynet
  • A revolutionary dynamic camera system that allows the player to locate and target an enemy clearly and instinctively with its dedicated combat cam mode
  • Twelve massive levels of cyborg-blasting mayhem and highly interactive environments, players will be immersed in a richly detailed futuristic universe, that reflects the original vision for the Terminator movies

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on May 06, 2004.

us.infogrames.com:
    It’s always darkest before the dawn.

    The year is 2027. The machines of Skynet have risen, reaping a bloody harvest of human flesh across the globe. You are a soldier of Tech Com, a ragged team of human resistance fighters intent upon stopping the overwhelming onslaught of cybernetic assassins in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Your ultimate goal is to reach a time travel device in time to send Kyle Reese back to 1984, with the hope of preventing a relentless Terminator model T-800 from murdering Sarah Connor, mother of resistance leader John Connor. If you fail in your mission, the resistance will crumble, and no one will survive the rise of the machines. The fate of humanity lies in your hands.

    Game Features: The prequel story to James Cameron’s legendary sci-fi film, The Terminator 3 unique playable characters, each with specialized skills and abilities—including Kyle Reese, hero of the film 11 massive, heart-pounding missions through radically diverse, richly-detailed, and highly-interactive environments 15 enemy types with bleeding-edge AI, including the virtually unstoppable T-800 Dynamic camera system for targeting cyborgs with speed and accuracy Never-before-seen weapons of wanton destruction allow for both missile and melee combat 3rd and 1st person play modes Revolutionary weapon-centric realtime lighting effects and shadowing Heart-pounding action with an original soundtrack inspired by the film

    Contributed by Grant McLellan (25) on Apr 18, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    IT'S ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN



    Los Angeles, 2027 A.D. The killing machines of Skynet contine to wage their brutal campaign to eradicate humanity. As a soldier of Tech Com, it is your mission to stop them.

    Test your mettle in close quarters melee combat

    Punish your adversaries with an arsenal of devastating weaponry

    Switch to 1st person mode for precision targeting

    Play as three unique Tech Com soldiers in the struggle to save mankind

    Face the legendary T-800 and never-before-seen cybernetic assassins

    "10 Most Wanted Videogames of 2002"
    - Official PlayStation Magazine

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69569) on Jun 27, 2003.